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BLOG TOUR with GIVEAWAY: Indigo Road by R.J. Jones

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Blurb

Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

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Cover artist: Meredith Russell

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01867I9M4/

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Giveaway

Prizes: 1 ecopy of Indigo Road; 1 ecopy of any RJ Jones’ backlist titles, winner’s choice

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About the author

R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.

It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…

R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work.  And still, they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.

Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.

R.J. Jones can be found at:

Website: http://rjjonesauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyn.j.jones.1711

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rjjonesauthor

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Don’t you just love a sale? Get my Christmas story, The Proof is in the Pudding, for 25% off at All Romance eBooks. Plus check out all the other wonderful books from MLR Press.

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Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He’s determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he’s been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there’s no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.

However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Island Doctor by Sue Brown

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Sue Brown reveals the beautiful cover art of her upcoming book titled ISLAND DOCTOR coming out from Dreamspinner Press.

It releases on January 11, 2015.

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Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down to earth, lively, and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in Cameron’s life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.

Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince. Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris. Jeff is certain about one thing—the only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to Cameron.

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Cover Art by L.C. Chase

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“He—they cheated on me.”

Jeff waited for the harsh words at his slipup, but they didn’t come. Instead she patted his shoulder.

“You did the right thing, then. No one should put up with that. You need to find yourself a nice boy.”

For some reason, Cameron Gillard popped into Jeff’s mind. “I guess you’re right.”

“Of course I am, pet,” she said briskly. “I have a son. He’s like you.”

Jeff blinked as he thought about that. “Is he happy?”

“He’s got a very nice man. They got married last year.”

He smiled at her. “I’m really happy for him.”

Sheila smiled back. “Me too. Peter’s a good man, and Evan is much happier now. He’s a vet, you know. Oh look, Bill’s coming back with the coffees.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: Vinyl Tiger by Dave Di Vito

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“They had it wrong all along. It’s not pop that will eat itself. It’s ambition.”

A penchant for Bollywood beats and dance music.

A garish, flirtatious outsider whose exotic looks make his origins so  difficult to pinpoint.

Kohl.

As London is burning and the pop/disco holocaust is playing out, Alekzandr has little else to fall back on other than his charm and wit in his pursuit of an interesting life. Even across the pond, the new generation of club kids seem to love him. But in an era when stars are made, not born, nobody is particularly interested in taking a chance on an outsider, particularly when his musical shortcomings are so obvious.

Still, ambition knows no bounds, and the arrival of the music video changes everything in the industry. Having already used everything else at his disposal, can he use it to ride the new wave into the hearts of the public?

And Alekzandr? He may well be a new romantic but he’s also a gay heart breaker. And being gay in the 20th century pop mainstream is just another -arbitrary-  obstacle he has to overcome. Because the best pop stars make waves, not just music.

Alekzandr’s story is the story that so many of us share: the one where we try and reconcile our desires and ambitions with the world around us and the people in our lives…it’s just that his plays out against the backdrop so many of us grew up in and loved: 80s and 90s popular culture.

Evocative, romantic and brimming with pop cultural references, Vinyl Tiger captures and celebrates the changing zeitgeist of the 80s, 90s and 00s.

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Thanks so much for having me on twomenarebetterthanone!

I think if there is one thing that inspired me to write Vinyl Tiger it was the idea of how cool it would’ve been to having one of the biggest pop stars in the world be out and proud as far back as the late 80s or early 90s.

That was kind of the starting point for the book. Along the way I started exploring and revisiting lots of the elements of 80s and 90s pop culture that so many people grew up with or are familiar with. I also wanted to see how Alekzandr, the main character, balanced his personal and sexual sides with his professional and creative side all against the background of pop music.

The road was a much harder back then for the GLBT community, and especially for someone like Alekzandr, who was already trying to prove that he wasn’t just a one hit wonder or the singing himbo everyone accused him of being. So in addition to everything else he also had to battle the whole ‘gay singer’ stigma. And at that point, as many of us have experienced, you just hope that he’s brave enough to come out and say ‘You know what? I am gay. Deal with it.’

Alekzandr was a new romantic but he was also a heart breaker. Right from the beginning of the novel you can see that he’s a wild flirt and a really sexual person, and the book explores that because that’s a major aspect of his personality. It’s also tied up in how he sees himself: he sees himself as being brave and foolish but as someone who also needs a protector. So a lot of the lovers he chooses are people he feels can protect him from everything going on around him and from his insecurities too.

In a way Alekzandr’s experiences are like a lot of people’s experiences in the GLBT community, but also beyond. Vinyl Tiger is a tribute to pop music but it’s also an exploration of how difficult it is sometimes to balance all the different parts of your desires and your dreams and still feel proud of what you’re doing and of what you’re accomplishing.

 

Excerpt

 

Excerpt from the “Burst” chapter

Back at the Sydney hotel he and Michael had dinner with a journalist from the Australian edition of Rolling Stone. Part of the interview had already been conducted during the day, while the continuation over dinner was focused on the new electronic direction pop was taking, edging back into the mainstream with the growing obsession with new wave and no wave music. The three of them then went to a small live music bar in the inner city to watch one of the fledgling synth bands of the period before Michael and the singer returned to the hotel.

He and Michael had originally met when Michael had signed him to the old label back in 1981. Back then, Michael’s interest in him wasn’t just musical, and when the singer had made that discovery after perhaps Michael’s fourth or fifth visit, he quickly weighed up the pros and cons. He found Michael attractive. He found his moppy, dark hair sexy, along with Michael’s almost Hebraic features and a manly physique that was more than serviceable. He’d known Michael wasn’t personally that into his music, but he was interested enough, and knew that having him onside would only amount to something positive.

That night after the fourth or fifth gig in New Jersey, Michael, already friendly with the singer, whom he had signed just days before, made his way to the dressing room; literally a converted supplies closet that still stank of acrid cleaning products. He knocked first, and entered only after being invited in.

The singer had scored a little coke earlier that evening, and was in the process of cutting it into two lines when he beckoned Michael over. Michael had looked him over, as the singer began to roll up the dollar bill. He had his long, bleached blonde hair in a makeshift pony tail at the top of his head, his favourite Star of David tank top sitting loosely over his olive torso, and the super tight black leggings and high top red trainers on, looking faintly poppy, faintly ridiculous, and definitely like a character. Even Michael noted how ridiculous he looked, even if he somehow managed to pull it off.

Michael snorted the first line, and then offered the bill to the singer, caressing his finger as he passed it over. The singer flashed his luminous brown eyes and a smile at Michael, and then inhaled the line in a long, elegant swoop.

He smiled sweetly and sat himself down on the dodgy armchair, made of that fire retardant material which is so itchy to sit on, the hallmark piece of student housing and second hand furniture markets that nobody touches until desperation sets in.

“Do you have time to hang around for a bit?” the singer had asked.

“I have another gig at 1 tonight that I’m going to see. Do you wanna come with me?”

“Are you going alone?”

“No, I’m with the guys. They’re watching the band outside. They all thought you were great tonight by the way.”

“I’m not interested in what they thought,” he said coquettishly. “Why don’t you come and sit over here then, if you’re not in a rush, and tell me what you thought of me.”

Michael had felt the energy surging throughout his body as he looked down at the singer. Well, he was really more a dancer, or maybe more an art pop performer back then. Hell, he didn’t really know what to think of him, even now, but he had every faith that signing him had been a good move on his part.

“I’m not sure that’s such a great idea. I mean, I don’t think I’d be capable of just sitting there and having a conversation with you.”

“Well,” the singer said, spreading his legs a little, “I’m pretty sure then that we don’t have anything else left to talk about now that the deal is done anyway. But if you unzip those jeans right now, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to give you something to think about for a while.”

A broad smile lit up Michael’s face at that moment that night, and he quickly, hurriedly unbuckled, and tore his pants down to his knees, striding across to the singer who made good on his offer.

After that initial tryst, they never really resumed anything along those lines. It seemed to be a partly coke infused moment, partly cynical opportunism on both their parts and partly like the natural conclusion of a month long period of flirtation. But now, in Sydney, in Michael’s hotel room, the opportunity was representing itself. Once again, there was a little bit of coke on offer that the journalist had scored at the Newtown venue, and each was at a loose end of sorts, pulsating with that kind of live energy that only a good orgasm can successfully make use of.

That night in Sydney when the singer lined the bench top with two reasonably generous lines of coke, Michael’s mind and groin both began to race. It was a balmy Sydney night, so he took off his jacket, shoes, and his pants before the singer called him over for the first line. As Michael snorted the line, the singer stripped completely naked. He sat himself on Michael’s lap and as he felt his manager’s member spring into solid form, he snorted the line, turned his head and began kissing him. He dropped to his knees and fellated him, just as he had on that late night all those years before, but this time, Michael had other ideas. He led him over to the bed and spent the next half hour in a variety of positions with him until they were both spent.

The following morning over breakfast in Michael’s room, they spoke candidly about what’d happened the night before, and agreed that for the moment, they wouldn’t take things between them too seriously, not on that level anyway. Not at this stage.

Michael flew out that day, Alekz after another week back in Melbourne. Once they were both back in New York, the two intermittently got together whenever they could. In Michael’s car, in Alekz’s apartment, in dressing rooms and Michael’s office. Michael’s secretary had been on the phone outside the office one time whilst Michael aggressively had his way with the singer. Another time Alekz’s girlfriend Thena was in the Korean downstairs whilst he gave Michael a blowjob on the kitchen counter before Michael casually took the stairwell down to the street.

It was easy and complicated. The strings were already attached, but neither wanted a full blown commitment from the other. Michael loved the singer, but he saw it as the same kind of love that tended to evaporate when exposed to routine, to surety, to commitment. He didn’t want to make something more of it than it was and ruin its essence in the process. The way that water distorts things when you look through it, even though you think it can only make things clearer.

The sex the singer enjoyed with Michael; rough, often rushed but intimate; met his needs in ways that that with Thena never could or would. He could lavish the word love on Michael for a million reasons, not only for his burly, hirsute physique, or for his innate sweetness, but also because he viewed him as his own protector. But at, that point, he wasn’t in love with him, so it wasn’t hard to distinguish his other relationships from that with Michael. They were having fun together, but they also had to work together and to know when to draw the line.

Buy Links

Find Vinyl Tiger at:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Tiger-Dave-Di-Vito-ebook/dp/B016KTU9KK

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vinyl-Tiger-Dave-Di-Vito-ebook/dp/B016KTU9KK

Giveaway

Dave had offered one lucky reader the chance to win an eBook copy of Vinyl Tiger. Just leave a comment on this blog post, with your email address, and a random commenter will be drawn on 16th December.

So what sort of comments do we want? Tell us about your favourite music of the ’80s and ’90s.

About the Author

DAVE DI VITO

FullSizeRender(4) Melbourne born Dave Di Vito writes about popular culture and the arts in all their forms.

Having originally trained as a teacher and visual artist, Dave was soon struck by wanderlust, which led to extended stints in London, Kyoto and Rome. In between jaunts, and much like a boomerang, he often returned to Melbourne, where he managed to graduate with First Class honours at La Trobe University with a major in Art History.

After working in some of Melbourne’s contemporary art galleries, Dave earned a Masters in Art Curatorship. He then opened his own artspace, Immersion Therapy, whose exhibition program  spotlighted artists whose work explored Australian and Asian intercultural relations.

With over a decade of experience in the Arts and Education fields, Dave has since worked as an arts correspondent in Rome, and now works as a translator and teacher in the south of Italy. Since 2010 Dave has run and written the Paperlesstiger blog, which takes an often humorous look at the arts, music and popular culture.

The author of Vinyl Tiger, Dave currently splits his commitments between his native Australia and Lecce in the south of Italy, doing his best to keep his wanderlust at bay.

Connect with Dave at:

Blog: www.paperlesstiger.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vinyltiger

Twitter: @DDVinyltiger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14610831.Dave_Di_Vito

 

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Red Dirt Christmas

HERE IT IS!!!!!!

I’ve kept this secret for so long, it’s almost killed me!  But it’s finally here. My 2015 Christmas story cover for the world to see!!  (I’m so excited it’s ridiculous)

That’s right, folks. We’re off to the Outback for Christmas this year!!  I can’t tell you how much I loved visiting these boys again.  I found the cover images and sent them to the fabulous Sara York and almost cried when I saw how gorgeous the cover turned out. It suits the series PERFECTLY.

Now you know why every part of the cover had to be a secret! If I showed one corner, or gave any hints, ya’ll would have guessed it straight away!

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Publication date: 11 December 2015

Blurb:

Travis had been here for just over a year. We were technically engaged, not that we’d told anyone. He was happy just knowin’ I’d said yes, and I had some head-clearin’ stuff to work through. Knowing I was good enough for Trav was one thing, but knowing if I was good enough to be a husband and father was somethin’ else entirely.

Life at Sutton Station had never been better. Business was strong, Trudy and Bacon’s little baby, Gracie, was a few weeks old now and as cute as a button, Ma’s health was good, and my relationship with Laura and Sam was in a pretty good place. And Travis? Well, life with him was still all kinds of perfect.

But, to Travis’s dismay, Christmas at the Station was just another day. Another day of getting up before the sun, feeding animals, fixin’ what needed fixin’, and checking water troughs all while tryin’ to keep out of the blistering heat.

And this year weren’t much different. Only that it was Travis’s first Sutton Station Christmas. The fact we didn’t go all out with decorations and celebrations baffled him, and if I was bein’ truthful, it disappointed him too.

Which was why I had to make it a special kind of Christmas…

Christmas backgrounds. Christmas decor on the white wooden background.

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N.R. Walker’s Bio: N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

N.R. Walker’s Internet Links:

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Giveaway: Hop over to my blog here and tell me your best Christmas memory to enter the draw to win a copy of Red Dirt Christmas. Draw closes 11th December at 9am EST.

Teaser:

Travis chuckled and nodded toward the lounge room. “I finished the tree,” he said and disappeared through the open doorway. I followed him to find the pine tree he’d brought in earlier now covered in tinsel, ornaments, and baubles. “I know you think the whole Christmas thing is kinda silly, but—”

“I love it,” I said. “The tree. I mean, I love what you’ve done to it.”

“I didn’t have much to work with,” he said. The corner of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “And it was all pretty old. I hung up all the things you made as a kid. I just wanted to do something.” He shrugged again. “I mean, it’s Christmas.”

“Trav.”

“And I know you guys aren’t big on the whole festive thing out here,” he said. “But I just thought it’d be nice, ya know? It’s Gracie’s first Christmas. Granted, she’s only four weeks old but that’s not the point.”

“Trav.”

“It’s about building memories, Charlie,” he said softly. “Family memories. Not just with everyone here, but our family. Ours start now. This is our first real Christmas too and I just thought it might be nice if you, you know, thought it was special too.”

 

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GIVEAWAY & SERIES REVIEW: How to Deal (An All Cocks Story) by TM Smith

How to Deal
An All Cocks
Story Book #3
Jon
Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both
bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him
every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men
over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish,
half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy
that can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD
Detective.
Kory
White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a mirage, a façade
he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an
act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by
the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next ten
years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort
to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter
ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks’ cockiest model.
These
two strong willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn
and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in
control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just
when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that
is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in
the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their
love.
 
 
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So what did I think?

I have enjoyed the series so far and how the All Cocks’ world was developed. It was like getting a behind the scenes look into the porn industry – the mechanics, the people, the life. I have no idea how accurate it actually was, but it had a true sense of realism that reflected certain real life studios. I understand T.M. Smith spoke with some gay porn stars to gain insight before writing this series.

There is an ensemble cast of characters who appear throughout the books, including the three men who own All Cocks, their actors, and other friends. The characters are well fleshed out, and the dialogue realistic. Of course, there’s sex in the stories. What made this interesting was the varying scenes by main characters, in both their ‘everyday’ persona, and while wearing their porn star mantle. This included each character having their real name and a porn star name. When you add all these names, including the supporting characters, there were a lot of people to keep track of but it wasn’t too hard to do. By the time you get to How to Deal (book 3), the Cast of Characters in the beginning of the book is really helpful. 🙂

Interestingly, each book doesn’t just focus on the main couple (or throuple as the case may be), but gives background to the other characters, including scenes from the point of view of the non-featured characters. I think this is part of getting the reader invested in the characters who will appear in subsequent books.

The stories themselves are interesting, perhaps a touch predictable in some instances, but it kept me turning the pages. All in all, I recommend this series. I think How to Deal was actually my favourite so far and I’m looking forward to reading the rest. Tristan please. 🙂

 
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning
Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home
from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can
find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of
something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee! 
At 44 years young, she’s decided to enter the
next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of
accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith
is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.
 
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NIC STARR: The Proof is in the Pudding Holiday Giveaway

It’s time to celebrate the holidays! Yippee!

** $10 All Romance eBooks Gift Voucher to be won **

With so many wonderful holiday stories coming out, I thought you might like a chance to win a $10 ARe Gift Voucher so you can buy the holiday story of your choice (or maybe two!).

I have a Christmas story being released by MLR Press on 4th December. Here’s a bit more about it.

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Blurb

Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He’s determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away.  Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he’s been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there’s no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.

However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true.

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Nic xx

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Nic Starr: Reading the Taboo

Do you read stories that are taboo? What actually is taboo? Is everyone’s idea of taboo the same? Does what you find taboo in real life hold true in your reading material? Is there anything you absolutely won’t read?

I started thinking of these questions when I was mulling over my own response to a story I just read.

Usually I read contemporary m/m romance, and it’s usually on the sweeter side. Every now and then I throw in an angsty story, a bit of BDSM, or maybe a paranormal. I like to spice things up a bit. Personally, I enjoy reading some edgier stories, stories that skirt on the boundaries of what is considered permitted by society. In my m/m reading (not necessarily romance), I’ve read stories that contain torture, dubious and non-consent, and incest. Some I’ve enjoyed, others not so much. I guess I like the thrill of these stories that push the boundaries. Does this mean I support this in real life? Of course not. This is fantasy.

I stumbled on a new story today that delves into a father-son relationship. I saw the blurb, and liked the cover, so gave it a go. The blurb didn’t expressly state incest but it wasn’t hard to gather that is what it was.

At only twenty-one years of age, Daniel Hastings is a young man headed for the top of his game. As Assistant Chief Acquisitions Assessor for a major property development firm, it’s Daniel’s job to assess the viability and investment potential of land opportunities, usually bringing in millions of dollars in profits for his firm. The key to his career is to convince the previous owners of the land to part with their precious properties, and Daniel has found that everything is for sale… at the right price.

That is until he arrives on Saint Etienne, a tiny Caribbean island that a major resort chain intends to develop into a billionaire’s playground. It’s up to Daniel to assess the situation and convince the villagers to sign over their island home… and if they refuse, Daniel and his colleague are under strict instructions to find any legal loophole they can to snatch the untouched piece of paradise out from under its owners.

But there’s one inhabitant on this island Daniel wasn’t expecting to find—his estranged father, Nick… a man who walked out of his son’s life just when the two of them where beginning to understand one another.

Will Daniel give his father a second chance? Will he discover there’s more to life than profits and acquisitions? Or will his career take priority over the life Daniel was destined to live?

This story is Islands in the Stream by Liberty Lace and is published by Wilde City Press.

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Did I like the story? I did. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the description of the idyllic island. I could overlook the cooincidence of Daniel just happening to stumble onto the remote island where his father lived. I loved some of the comedic touches, and if this had been a standard m/m story, I would have said it was a bit of enjoyable, light reading. But this is different. The father/son relationship made me think.

I read brocest – whether brothers or twins – although twins seems to sit more comfortably because of the equality in the relationship. I don’t usually read father/son. The age gap, and potential power equality, worry me a little. In this book, the author presented a son who seemed wise beyond his years. He’s only twenty-one, but came across a whole lot older. He also seems to have a fairly senior job which made him appear older. The father had tried to protect the son which won him brownie points, and the son initiated the next step in the relationship. All these elements, added to the ease with which the relationship developed.

In summary, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it, but only for people who don’t have an aversion to this type of relationship. It’s an easy to read story, and I like the writer’s style. I might just venture out and try some more of her taboo reads when I need my next dose of something on the wild side.

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P.S. For those wondering, no, I don’t read m/f incest stories. Except maybe for Flowers in the Attic when I was about twelve. There’s something about the risk of pregnancy and potential inequality in the relationship which turns me off. That and the fact I don’t read m/f anymore.

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Finding Aaron by Gigi Kern

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FINDING AARON

by Gigi Kern

Book 1 in Finding Home Series 

Blurb

At 23, Aaron has aged out of the foster-care system and is now a struggling college student. Between his severe Learning Disabilities, ADHD and past trauma, every day is a struggle.

Three years ago, Aaron’s world got a whole lot brighter thanks to his new best friend, Ryan Foster and his family. The Fosters have taken him into the fold. That is, everyone except for Ryan’s Uncle TJ.

When Aaron and TJ meet, sparks fly.

TJ, 31, can’t stand his nephew’s flamboyant, in your face, blue-haired, rainbow loving, best friend. He knows he shouldn’t be so judgmental but after spending five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, his patience is buried under a mountain of guilt and loss.

TJ’s animosity toward Aaron always stresses Aaron out going home to the Foster’s for the holidays but they are the only family he has. He just needs to put up with TJ. He can do that, right?

When something happens that neither one wants to acknowledge, it may just be the catalyst needed for the sparks to explode.

What happens when TJ lets himself see the real Aaron? And, can Aaron let TJ past his defenses, when he’s barely holding on.
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Finding Love, the 2nd Book in the Finding Home series will be available in 2016. 

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Guest Post- My Publishing Journey

I’ve been trying to write a novel for years now.  I went overseas to Afghanistan in 2005 for a couple of months, and when I came back I tried to write a novel.  But life got in the way.  See I have computer files of novels that are waiting for me to finish.  I plan to eventually go back and write at least four of them.

I think there is a theme somewhere among my writing.  See I spent 22 months in Iraq, and well I had way too much time on my hands and I couldn’t really go anywhere.  So, I finally wrote and finished my first novel.  I thought, yes!  Everyone will read it and love it just like me.  So my awesome friend typed the finished novel written in long hand in 10 different notebooks.  I edited and re-edited, and thought, yes I’m ready.  I went to a writer conference, pitched my novel, got some interest, sent it and nothing.  I spent a year querying 106 literary agents and 10 publishers.   That included 3 rounds of revision and I learned a great lesson.  At the end of the day, I have to love my own book and some things I just won’t change.  See, during one of the revisions to make my first book more what they wanted, I stripped “me” out of it.  I hated that draft.  I won’t ever do that again.  I had interest, but it was always “I didn’t fall in love with your characters”, or “I like your concept but not sure about your writing”.  That was another lesson learned, I have a unique writing voice and style.  And I’m okay with not everyone liking it.  Many will hate it.  But if I am content with my story, I’ve pleased the reader that matters the most, me.

See, I’m an avid reader.  I read about 10 books a week.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  And, I’m a child of the 80s and 90s.  I noticed a certain trend at the end of the 90s and 2000s where the books out there were in a word lacking.  So, now when I write, I write with a specific reader in mind, me.  I write books that I want to read.  I break rules left and right.  See, I love Robert Ludlum, Joan D. Vinge, David Hagberg, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Potter, Lindsey Mckenna and more who have shaped not only what I read but now how I write.

Anyway, I really did want to be traditionally published.  It sadly was not in the cards.  And now almost a year and a half later, I’m okay with that.  Several of my friends thought I should self-publish my novel.  I resisted but after I received the 106th rejection letter and another seven from publishers that say thanks but no thanks. Or the silence of rejection, where no word is a no.  I said, okay then.

I’m a researcher by nature and I researched what I needed to do to publish my novel.  It probably took another three months of finding the right cover, formatting, tearing my hair out.  And cause I’m a glutton for punishment, I needed to get everything ready prior to Comic Con (San Diego).  Yes I am a nerd!  I published on amazon in Kindle and then in Print.  And nothing.  Yes, I sold some copies but now, a year and a half later, my first novel is lost in the void where books go to die a slow death.

So, last year I discovered m/m romance.  I read m/m romance (though I’m still confused, the difference between gay romance vs m/m romance?).  Coming up with ideas has never been an issue for me.  I have over 100 ideas in several different genres waiting to be written.  So, a new idea for a four book series came to me.

Finding Aaron is actually my second m/m romance book idea I have.  I will go back soon and write the first m/m romance novel, that one is a lot darker than my current series.  Anyway, I have never written a novel in five months in sequential order and half long hand/half computer in my life.  But, the shocking part was when I sent it to my one friend Lee (who I admit now wrote the one sex scene for me – he is a gay man and I am not), actually liked it and wanted to read more.  Several people liked it actually.  Not that people didn’t like my first novel, but this felt different.  I finished the novel in record time and when I finally read it from beginning to end, I actually forgot I wrote it.

Lightning in a bottle, that has been my experience with Finding Aaron.  I found a proofreader who I could afford (working for Uncle Sam, there isn’t a lot of extra funds floating around).  I contacted a couple of book cover designers, and I found the right one.  I love the cover for Finding Aaron.  One of my co-workers helped me with formatting one of the ebooks.  For the second book in the Finding Home series, Finding Love, I am so hiring someone to format the book in ebook and print formats.  I do not have a computer programing mind.  I chose a date to release Finding Aaron and though it went live a little sooner than expected, there it was.

And the strange thing, people are not only reading it, but they seem to love it.  It is a surreal experience.  There really is no rhyme or reason as to why this book found an audience and my first one didn’t.  But, I will take it.  Not everyone loves it, but I’m fine with that.  Cause the people who do love it, are keeping me going.  Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that even though not a lot of people have read my first novel, doesn’t mean I’m not going to finish writing and publishing the other books in that series.  I still want to read those books, so I need to write them.  And, if after a month, Finding Aaron’s sales dry up, don’t be concerned.  I love that series too, so I will finish writing those books also.

Self-publishing has given me the opportunity to tell my story the way I needed to tell it.  Succeed or fail, it is on me.  I chose the book cover, the title, the series title, wrote the novel the way I needed to and I will be fine with the outcome either way.

Excerpt

TJ was putting the last Christmas decoration in its place when he received Ryan’s mysterious text – Wait for us outside.  BE NICE!

“What the hell does that even mean?” TJ thought as he stepped outside and sat down on the front porch steps.

A minute later Rick’s SUV pulled into the driveway.  Still wondering about Ryan’s cryptic text, he patiently waited for everyone to exit the vehicle.

As Rick and Ryan exited the SUV they both gave a look of “Be nice or else.”  Which was confusing as all shit considering where he and Aaron’s “relationship” was heading.

Aaron opened the passenger side backseat door and a second later TJ forgot how to breathe or think.  He had always thought Aaron was cute in an artistic twink sort of way.  He was just Aaron.

But the young man who stepped out of Rick’s vehicle was FUCKING HOT!  His blue-tipped bangs were just long enough to make his green eyes pop.  And the subtle makeup…  Aaron was drop-dead gorgeous and strikingly beautiful at the same time.

Stuck in a trance, TJ could only stare as Aaron approached.

“Kid cleans up well, doesn’t he?” Rick said as he passed a still stunned TJ, frozen in place sitting on the stoop steps.

Chuckling with a smirk, Ryan said, passing TJ, “Who knew the mighty Tyler Jacob could be struck speechless by a haircut?”  Ryan and Rick laughed as Miranda joined them as they entered the house.

In his shy manner, playing with his hair, Aaron approached TJ.  He paused in front and with a nervousness asked, “Is it too much?”

Silence was his only answer until TJ noticed Aaron’s face start to close up and he realized he was quiet too long.

“What?” TJ said as he got up.  He leaned in, touching Aaron’s bangs, moving the blue/black hair from his eyes.  “I LOVE IT!”

A small smile appeared on Aaron’s face.

“Really,” TJ said as he kissed Aaron on the lips.

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About the Author

14594523Gigi Kern is currently writing the second book, Finding Love in the Finding Home series, her first gay contemporary romance series. A huge fan, she along with thousands wait with baited breath for the next new release from her favourite gay romance authors.

Gigi first discovered her passion for reading out of desperation. During her month long hiatus for her seventh grade summer break, spending quality time with the grandparents in sunny Florida in August, the hottest time of year, she became desperate. See, awesome grandparents had no cable. Travesty though it was, Gigi discovered the retirement community’s library and there it was in all its glory, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. And she’s been hooked ever since.

Though her day job is monotonous, she has been able to work in three continents, travel and see the world.

Her menagerie of wooden animals from her world travels have major competition from her two cats, Marco-Pollo and Squertie. And, cause what would a menagerie be without animals, her two 65+ pound dogs, Leo the Lug and Blink the destroyer of toys.

She is currently writing her life away on the shores of North Carolina.

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